North Korea gets first big dose of Trump summit news

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North Korea gets first big dose of Trump summit news

In the final hours of calm before an unprecedented summit with North Korea, President Donald Trump forecast a "nice" outcome from what he said would be a "very interesting meeting" Tuesday with Kim Jong Un, while Kim was spending Monday out of public view.

Joining Trump were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Asian Affairs Matthew Pottinger. An American reporter asked Trump how he was feeling, followed by a North Korean reporter asking a question to Kim.

Mr Kim arrived in town on Sunday for a historic summit on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump to discuss possible denuclearisation efforts.

There will not be a repeat of "flimsy agreements" made between previous US administrations and North Korea, Secretary Pompeo told reporters in Singapore on Monday.

The size appeared created to match the number of North Korean "journalists" present.

"Yes, Donald Trump reached out", Rodman said, telling Cuomo he had received a call from a person he described as Mr Trump's secretary.

He declined, however, to reveal any details of the preliminary discussions being held Monday between US and North Korean officials.

Pyongyang has said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.

But when pressed by reporters, the secretary of state would not say whether or not that could include reduction of the number of or removal of USA troops in South Korea.

Kim is due to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong later on Sunday, Singapore's ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro took it even further, saying, "there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door". Trump appeared to be speaking to Kim throughout the 12 seconds of the handshake but Kim did not reply. But he did not address human rights issues when he met with Kim's top aide, Kim Yong-cho.

Moon also voiced hope for a three-way summit with Trump and Kim in the near future, to formally end the Korean War.

"Trump seemed to be very aware of this, that he needed to up the stakes and be seen that he is the leader". Trump will celebrate his 72nd birthday on Thursday.

Despite the comments being largely a repeat of previously expressed concerns by Trudeau, they earned a furious rebuke from both the president and his advisors, who quickly pulled the USA away from endorsing a joint statement released by rest of the G-7 allies.

Last week, Mr Trump told reporters that Rodman had not been invited to the summit, but praised him as a "nice guy" and great rebounder.

"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Dr Balakrishnan said in an interview with the BBC.

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